Women of Barnard — Cheerleading Squad

On his path to the White House, the current president of the United States sold himself as “change we can believe in.” A day after Mother’s Day this year, he ran with that “change” word in a commencement speech at Barnard, an all-women’s college in New York. That he spoke at Barnard, and not the neighboring Columbia of his matriculation, was, of course, by design. For the “change” he is running on in his reelection campaign rests on the claim that a war is being waged on women. It’s a mendacious claim, merely a tactic to dismiss those of us who believe that undoing his menacing, unsustainable federal takeover of health care is necessary to preserve the American experiment.

During the commencement, the president was clearly among believers. The majority opinion there appeared to be that it’s a cardinal virtue, the very stuff of civic obligation, to institutionalize and even require under penalty of federal law so much that has immiserated men and women and wrecked havoc on family life over these last decades of  “sexual freedom.” He was in a crowd who enjoy a foundational sense of security in the belief that the government will come through for you, in the likelihood that men will not. It is a worldview in which men are not to be considered reliable helpmates on the journey of life. Seeing men in positive light as partners or helpers would implicitly acknowledge the ideologically unthinkable — that men and women are complementary and not meant to be carbon copies of each other in the workplace or anywhere else.

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